03.01.15The broke person’s guide to healthy on a budget!

It’s no secret that eating healthy, organic food is more important than ever! With rising rates of obesity, cancer, & cardiovascular disease the best and most effective cure is prevention. A diet based on whole, real foods, little to no processed foods and minimal exposure to pesticides, herbicides and synthetic hormones is your best shot at prevention. I know healthy food can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. Eating healthy and organic on a budget is doable. And it will save you thousands in future health costs, so view it as an investment…on your life! 

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1. Alright, first things first, you are going to have to get used to grocery store hopping! I do my grocery shopping once a week and I go to 2-3 grocery stores to get everything I need. Your first time doing this set aside some extra time to make mental notes of the prices on your essentials at different places. You will start to notice where your favorite essentials are the cheapest. For example I know I can get the best deal and biggest bag of quinoa at Target! Generally I hit up Trader Joe’s first, then Kroger then Whole Foods for more specialty items that the other stores do not carry. Here are some of the best Grocery Stores for bargains on organic & natural foods:

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02.27.15Fried “rice” with a hidden vegetable

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 The first time I tried this “rice” I couldn’t believe it. So I tried it again and tested it on some friends. Yep. Still good. and you would never guess it was made with CAULIFLOWER (?!)

I know…you’re probably thinking “ew!” but please trust me and try it. If I just made you take a bite and told you it was fried rice you would never know. This would be great for kids when you need to sneak in some more veggies in their diet! Or for when you’re having one of those nights where you want to eat the entire bowl of rice by yourself- and you can cause it’s just cauliflower! And cauliflower is extremely good for you so go ahead and eat that entire bowl, I dare you. Then I’ll high five you, for health and stuff.

This goes great with chinese dishes or is even delicuous on it’s own with some shrimp or chicken (organic of course!)

Cauliflower Fried Rice
A healthy twist on fried rice
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Ingredients
  1. Head of Cauliflower - blended into "rice" ** see note below
  2. 2 chopped garlic cloves
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 tbsp coconut oil
  5. 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  6. 1/2 cup - 1 cup of peas
  7. 3 Tbsp Tamari (or soy sauce)
  8. 2 chopped green onions
  9. Pink salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Sautee garlic with coconut oil over low to medium heat be careful not to burn the garlic.
  2. Add in carrots and peas and sautee for 2-3 minutes
  3. Add in Cauliflower "rice" along with green onions
  4. Crack 2 eggs in making sure to fold into the rice
  5. Add Tamari and salt
  6. Continue to stir and mix all the ingredients for a few minutes until all ingredients are thoroughly cooked and mixed. Taste and see if it needs anymore salt or tamari
  7. Take off the stove and serve will still hot!
Notes
  1. **Break up the head of cauliflower into pieces. Blend in a few batches (not on high! This is important. If you blend too high it will turn into mashed cauliflower - yum make mashed "potatoes" if this happens!). Blend until broken up, will look like rice!
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